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Progress Report: Eviplera

Well, it is just over a week since I started taking my new prescription. The new drug is Eviplera and it is a single tablet once a day. This is wonderful as taking three sets of meds around with you if travelling is a pain. It’s been a bit of a culture shock though. The old meds were taken last thing at night, every night. The new ones are to be taken with a meal. Getting out of the rhythm of taking the meds as I head to bed is proving quite difficult. We’ll see how it goes in the next few weeks, I’m sure I’ll find a way of sorting it out. But for now, I don’t want to eat right now, but Andrew is heating apple pie as we think that will count as food… Advertisements

May 1, 2010

It’s been quite a while since  I posted here. The main reason was that everything came to a head at the end of March, and I ended up being admitted to hospital with an abscess caused by MRSA. This was actually quite a good thing as this resulted in a number of things happen. Whilst in hospital: I restarted my antiretrovirals (Truvada and Viramune) the abscess was drained my clinical psychologist arrived down (instead of me going to visit him) my social worker arrived came in to talk about what would happen next there was a referral to the Psychiatric Liaison service (prior to discharge) and a large number of friends rallied around and helped support me. After a few weeks of living between two sets of friends’ houses, whilst my house was getting sorted, I am now back living at home. It is so much of a relief to have the downstairs of the house in a clean state that words really fail me. I now want to be at home. I now enjoy …

August 28

It’s some time since I have posted on here. But the events of last night really do need recorded. Five Hours of a Meeting I was at a meeting last night which lasted five hours – but it was reasonably productive depsite starting to cover ground that is not this year’s committee’s responsibility. Then two of us decided that it would be a good idea to head for a pint. Everything goes awry OK, so I shouldn’t be drinking alcohol whilst taking Citalopram, but I was planning only to have one pint. I say planning, because as with all best laid plans it all went a trifle awry. First of all, our choice of hostelry had just closed the bar. “Damnation!” we cried, but when we walked in we found another of our mates. Though I didn’t recognise him at first as he didn’t have his spectacles on. The Three Musketeers set off Now three in number we toddled off to the next hostelry. It was open—success! So we had a pint there and some …

July 31 – new problems with drugs

It is the day before the local Pride Parade and Party after it. I should be doing more but this morning woke up and had no energy to go and help. So to preserve my energy for the madness that will be tomorrow, I am keeping a low profile and getting on with other things. Entering the 21st century On Wednesday I took delivery of an Apple iPhone and am currently making sure all my contacts are stored in it correctly. Who knows, I may even be able to update this blog from it at some point in the near future. Food continues to be a problem Depsite all my best efforts, eating is still a problem, mainly due to the lack of appetite and the feeling that there is no point putting in what is going to come out again pretty quickly in another way. However, I have been relatively good and ate pizza last night which had ham and pineapple on it, and I even ate the Rocket that was on it. Drug …

July 21

Good news finally today. I was up at the HIV Clinic once more today and found out that there was really good news. My Viral Load count has come down. In fact it is now so low that it is undetectable. In the words of another friend who also got this result a couple of weeks ago. ” I may have to celebrate. “ Although this is good news, this doesn’t totally stop the feelings of depression and lack of motivation that are still floating around in my head. More good news is that I am becoming better at taking my meds—even the tiny 10mg one for the depression. And I have found an easy way to make sure I have some food. I am not buying in bulk or in advance. I am buying what I will need each day and just before I need it. That way, I have more chance of actually using it. And not having to put it in the bin as it starts to go off.

July 15 – St Swithun’s Day

St Swithun’s day if thou dost rain For forty days it will remain St Swithun’s day if thou be fair For forty days ’twill rain na mair Raining in Belfast And so as normal, on July 15, it is raining. Let’s hope that the traditional rhyme doesn’t apply in this ecclesiastical Province of Armagh but only in that of Canterbury. Or maybe it only applies in the diocese of Winchester where St Swithun lived, worked, and was buried. Long time.. no post It has indeed been quite a while since last I posted to this blog. This has been because of a number of reasons. 1. I was away on holiday for about a week and enjoyed the company of several friends, a cousin, and myself. 2. I have been offline at home for quite some time and not really found the motivation to come back on here and post. 3. I have been concentrating on getting my house tidy. (OK so I am trying to get it tidy – trying and making some progress …

June 21

It’s June 21st the longest day of the year, so there is less time to cry when going to sleep tonight. Strange how that is what comes to mind. But, of course, tonight is not that sort of time for going to bed. Tonight is another fundraising night and will see me out til the early hours rattling a bucked for the local Pride festival. It’s midsummer and it’s pouring with rain here. So not the best day to go out for a nice drive or anything – and even when I get home I’ll not want to do any of the tidying that is so seriously necessary. Maybe I will find some willing assistance from my friends during the week. It was funny yesterday I was clearing out mouldy food from my parents’ fridge and larder but suddenly thought that i would probably need to do this at my house and would likely not be as quick at doing it there.

Day 73

Drugs The drug régime is taking its toll on me. Remembering to take the drugs is becoming more difficult as time goes on. I suspect that this is because I am feeling better and better—making me feel less and less like I need to take the drugs. However, I have not missed yet. Food Today has been very easy in the food department and tomorrow will be so again. I am staying with my parents and enjoying homecooked food once again. There really is nothing like food prepared by your mother. But tomorrow it will be back to having to do it all myself. If I have electric by then. But that’s another matter. Friends Friends are very good to have when you are recently diagnosed. Indeed they are good throughout life. My friends have been excellent and I am truly grateful for all the hugs, meals, drinks, love and support in all its guises that I have been given over the last ten weeks. They know who they are. There is no need to …

Day 57 – Ascension of the Lord

Sorry for the delay in posting, various other things have been happening and that has increased my workload in the last few days. I’ve now registered with a new GP and have to say that the process was reasonably good. The practice nurse couldn’t have been more helpful, and whilst she seemed to be asking more questions about what support there was here, it was good that she was asking. Hospital Up to the clinic today for more bloods and urine sample. It does feel like the clinic are a bunch of vampires being only interested in extracting blood from me. Perhaps I will get the results of the previous tests. I wonder if there is any noticeable change in my CD4 and Viral load counts. Food Eating is still a bit of a problem. In the last few days I have noticed that my appetite has gone down from its usual low to an even greater low. Meds New tablets are seeming to reduce the side effects from which I had been suffering. So …